Is it ok to joke about 9/11?

Should it be ok to joke about anything actually?

Is It OK To?
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  • I think it's fine, in theory, to joke about anything, but there's a time and a place. If you read your audience wrong and upset someone then that's on you. If you mock a little kid in a wheelchair then there will be backlash, and you will deserve it. If you make a racist joke in your work place then you will probably get in trouble and could lose your job, and again you would deserve it.

    So yes, joke about anything you like, but do so at your own risk.

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  • Ask a comedian, Nothing is off-topic! Joke about anything you want

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  • I don't agree that everything is open to be joked about.

    People who mock disabled people or those who died in a catastrophe which directly led to further disaster and death are either attention-seeking fools, or sociopaths who lack empathy.

    There's plenty of scope for comedy that makes fun of the follies and idiocies we all share because we're human. Those who have power over us definitely need to be mocked, particularly if they have a high opinion of themselves. "Comedy" that kicks down - as in mocking the weak, the powerless, and the dead - is like a three year-old tossing his crap around the living room in order to get his parents' attention: "Look at me! I'm being so naughty! Look at MEEEE!"

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  • Everything is okay to joke about. It's not about subject, it's about context. Laughter makes tragedy easier to swallow and it shouldn't be taken away or tapered down.

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  • old formula

    tragedy + time = comedy

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  • Absolutely.

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  • Yup

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  • If people get offended then it's hilarious. Nothing funnier than watching the PC brigade rant.

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  • It’s strange that there is sort of generational difference when it comes to 9/11. Back in my junior/senior years of high school (2006-2008) I remember I started seeing troll videos of 9/11. They would overdub footage of people jumping off the twin towers with Van Halen’s “jump” playing over it or the Benny Hill theme. The dislikes would be like 95% and the likes 5%, the comment section would be filled with people saying things like “you son of a bitch! My uncle died that day!!!”

    NOW when I see those videos it’s the opposite. 95% likes with 5% dislikes and everyone on there is like “Haha! Funny video man!” I kind of feel like these people are teens and we’re either too young to remember the gravity of that day or they just weren’t born yet.

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    • And if someone would do a joke about a current shooting, it would probably be mass disliked. I think people are too disconnected from the issues that happened, so they grow up to think it's ok since it's a thing from the past. The thing is, it still has it's affects, so people in my opinion should decide, is it ok or not? I'd say no.

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      • comedy = tragedy + time

        It absolutely is okay if it's a thing from the past. I'd say 18 years is long enough, but we could argue about that.

        How soon is too soon?

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  • It's only okay if it's funny.

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  • If you want to hear some comedy, should be in youtube. Sam Kinison, louder Than Hell. I didn't agree with all his topics but DAMN he was funny.

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  • All jokes are fair game. Rape, incest, racism, terrorism, beastlality etc. Either all jokes are ok or none at all. Wether or not they are funny is all up to the person who is receiving it.

    I heard quite a funny joke that people say is horrific.

    A morgue student was among his class as they were dissecting a young boy who died from a car impact. As they were cutting him open and inspecting the damage the morgue student pointed at the particular color of red from the abdomen and said "That! That's the shade of red I want for the renovation of my living room".

    I was crying from laughing at it but in the comment section people were disgusted. It's all about perspective.

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  • Literally right after it happened (by maybe a few days), I had a science teacher say something that came off as a joke about 9/11. I don't agree that joking about tragedy is okay, but in this case, I think the intent wasn't to be funny, but rather sympathetic.

    He said:
    "Can you imagine being someone in that building? You'd be sitting there on the phone, and suddenly be like 'Hey, I gotta go, there's a plane heading straight for the building...' "

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  • Nothing should be out of bounds for comedy, with the important proviso that your joke had better be funny enough, smart enough, or be made for the right reasons, otherwise you possibly deserve every iota of vilification that's likely coming your way.

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  • Of course not.

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